The Mazda MX-30 has recently been announced at the Tokyo Motor Show. This has finally put Mazda in the race for the perfect electric vehicle. Or, so you’d think.

The new Mazda MX-30. Image courtesy of Mazda UK.

I was surprised to find out the MX-30 isn’t Mazda’s first attempt at an electric vehicle. Let’s go back a few years to the Demio. Or, as it’s known in the UK — The Mazda 2.

Yes, a few years ago, before the craze of SUVs and Crossovers, there was an electrified Mazda Demio hatchback. The Demio EV was leased to local government & corporate bodies in Japan throughout 2012. It was an upstanding example of a fun driving experience gathered with an eco-friendly outcome.

The Mazda Demio EV. Image courtesy of Car Magazine.

The funny thing is, I quite like this quirky little car. In the same sense that a Mini Cooper is fun in the corners, I believe the Mazda 3, coupled with an instant torque electric motor would be a hoot.

The Likelihood Of A Return?

With over 450,000 registrations for the Mazda CX-5 in 2018, it’s no surprise that the choice for the MX-30 was for it to be an SUV. That’s just simply a business tactic. But, there are still a surprising amount of Mazda hatchbacks still sold worldwide. Hense the sales for the Mazda 2 remaining in the strong 30,000’s for Europe.

Do I think there will be a return any time soon? Probably not. After all, Mazda are experimenting with this new format. “MX” meaning Mazda Experimental doesn’t always necessarily mean the format will stick. For example, just think about the Mazda MX-3.

However, I’m pretty sure it may make way for a new style for Mazda. The Mazda MX-30 could easily pave the way for the future, the “EX” series, or, the Electric Experimental.

Image courtesy of Car Magazine.

So, unfortunately, it’s a no. For as long as the market is in demand or larger vehicles, I can’t see Mazda rushing to make the next fun EV hatch. Although, with enough time I’m sure there will be something to suit us all.

Further Reading

If you’re interested in the Mazda Demio EV, then you can find out more from visiting Mazda’s own environmental technology pages. As for the latest on the Mazda MX-30 – it’s best to keep up with mainstream media as the Tokyo Motor Show continues.

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